Flights to Arkansas
Arkansas is a state in the Southern United States which features picturesque mountainous highlands down to the lowlands of the Mississippi River in the east, running along the border with Tennessee and Mississippi.
Flights to Arkansas from Johannesburg with one stop-over will land in the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (airport code: XNA) in Bentonville which is located 285 km from Little Rock, the largest city. Travelling to Little Rock (airport code: LIT) on the other hand is possible but will require two connections. One stop flights from South Africa to Bentonville are offered by Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Other airlines offering two connecting flights into either Bentonville or Little Rock include Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Airways, American Airlines, South African Airways, and BMI.
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The Tourist Attractions in Arkansas:
First, let’s get the pronunciation of Arkansas out of the way! Following a dispute between two US Senators the pronunciation was made official in 1881 so that it is pronounced with a silent ‘s’, so it sounds like ‘ar-kan-saw’!
With a state nickname of ‘The Natural State’ you get a good idea of what’s on offer in Arkansas! This is a great destination for people who love the great outdoors and there is lots of scenery to enjoy and plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping and more. Arkansas also has some nice cities though…
Little Rock is the capital and largest city of Arkansas and has several places of interest. The State Capitol building was modeled after the US Capitol and was completed in 1919. Visits are possible when there are no sessions. You might also like to visit the Old State House which was the original capitol building
Museums include the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Museum of Discovery and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. There are several historic residential districts in Arkansas, so although the houses are privately owned these are very nice areas to tour around and get a feel for what like used to be like here.
The Ozarks run through the north western part of Arkansas and contain the state’s highest peak, Mount Magazine. Popular, attractive towns such as Eureka Springs can be found in this part of the state. The whole of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and when you see the town you will know why! This is a Victorian town with many quaint Victorian cottages and narrow streets, though there are also larger mansion-like houses to see here too.
Beginning in the Ozarks in northern Arkansas is Buffalo National River. This is a very scenic area encompassing the river itself, though there are also other attractions within the park boundaries such as prehistoric and historic cultural sites and over 300 caves.
Hot Springs National Park
The town of Hot Springs and the Hot Springs National Park is in central Arkansas. The town itself has historical buildings, but the main feature of the town, and what established it in the first place, was the hot springs discovered nearby. Within the national park you can tour the historic bathhouses which were used by people from around the world coming here to bathe in the hot waters with the assumption that it would cure them of diseases! Also try the scenic mountain drives in the area.
When Should You Visit?:
With a humid subtropical climate Arkansas has typical Southern US weather with long, hot and humid summers. The average high in Little Rock for example is 32C in the summer, and during the winter the average is 10C, but without the humidity it is much drier. Spring is a pleasant time of year but this is also tornado season, whereas autumn is attractive with the ‘fall colours’.